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Did you know that you can add a suffix to the end of a base word to change its meaning?

The suffixes -er, -or, and -ar are used to turn verbs into nouns. These nouns usually refer to roles that people take on.

Let’s look at some examples:

The verb teach + the suffix -er = the noun teacher (someone who teaches).

The verb act + the suffix -or = the noun actor (someone who acts).

The verb beg + the suffix -ar = the noun beggar (someone who begs).

Sometimes you need to change the base word before you add the suffix so use the spelling activities to ensure you are confident with these -er, -or, and -ar words.

reporter A reporter is a person who investigates and reports or edits news stories.
fighter A trained fighter in Roman times was called a gladiator.
watcher The watcher guarded the town.
writer She is a skillful writer.
listener My friend, Katy, is a good listener.
calculator Did you use a calculator for that equation?
conductor The orchestra watched the conductor carefully.
doctor The doctor gave me some very wise counsel.
editor The film editor chooses the best shots.
author Her aim in life was to become a great author.
regular I'd like a regular coffee please.
popular A popular type of nut is the cashew nut.
similar Our house is a similar design to yours.
beggar The beggar is penniless.

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